Vanessa and Annika joined their family in celebrating the new Alaska Airlines’ flight between Portland, OR and St. Louis.
It was all cake and smiles at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Lambert celebrated the launch of three new non-stop destinations to Austin, TX, Jackson, TN and Portland, OR for the week of June 28. The Airport joined Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines in throwing a party at the gate for the first flights to Austin and Portland. Custom cakes were shaped as luggage decorated with each city’s destination airport code. Passengers and guests could choose from a table full of cupcakes, too. Kelli and Eric Hanson and their three daughters, Vanessa, Annika and Ava were on Alaska’s first flight. They received celebration cookies before departing. When they arrived in St. Louis, they walked right into the STL cake party, which also included live music. As you can see from the picture above, the girls were off to a very SWEET trip.
After a 2-year hiatus, non-stop service between Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) and Little Rock, AR (LIT) will return in January 2016 on Southwest Airlines. Southwest announced it will fly two daily non-stop flights between STL and LIT beginning January 6. Tickets are available online now at southwest.com.
The two daily flights to Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock (pictured) will depart STL at 10:25 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. from Terminal 2, where Southwest currently operates 11 gates. Flights from Little Rock will arrive at Lambert at 7:40 a.m. and 6:35 p.m. The schedule gives Little Rock travelers greater connectivity to other destinations on the Southwest network through St. Louis.
“We’re excited to see the return of Little Rock to serve our region,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Not only does this give St. Louis one more non-stop flight destination, but it capitalizes on Lambert’s ability to efficiently serve Southwest’s growing number of connecting passengers to more than 30 other destinations.”
The announcement comes at the same time Lambert is celebrating the launch of three new non-stop flights this week: Austin, TX (AUS), Portland, OR (PDX) and Jackson, TN (MKL).
Service to Austin, TX on Southwest Airlines began Sunday, June 28, 2015, along with service to Jackson, TN. on Air Choice One. Alaska Airlines’ service to Portland, OR begins Wednesday, July 1. Lambert will also debut new service to John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, CA on Southwest Airlines in November.
The new service highlights an already very strong year in passenger traffic. The latest, just-released statistics show a total passenger growth of 2.4 percent between January and May 2015, versus the same time period in 2014. For May alone, Lambert recorded a 2.6 percent increase in total passenger traffic. Lambert has served 4.9 million passengers through May of 2015. With this week’s new service, Lambert now has 253 daily flights to 63 destinations.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport prepares for an exciting week as non-stop service to three new destinations debut for travelers: Austin, TX. (AUS), Portland, OR. (PDX) and Jackson, TN. (MKL).
“It’s a great time to celebrate because it's rare that we can debut three new destinations all in the same week.” said Lambert Airport Director, Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Daily service to Austin and Portland has been a top priority for this region based on the companies who do regular business in both cities, as well as the strong leisure markets there.”
The new service highlights an already very strong year in passenger traffic. The latest, just-released statistics show a total passenger growth of 2.4 percent between January and May 2015, versus the same time period in 2014. For May alone, Lambert recorded a 2.6 percent increase in total passenger traffic. Lambert has served 4.9 million passengers through May of 2015. With this week’s new service, Lambert is now operating 253 daily flights to 63 destinations. Lambert will also debut new service to John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, CA on Southwest Airlines in November.
It’s the final camp circle for campers who are heading home after two weeks of fun at Camp Sabra on the Lake of the Ozarks.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is a gateway for millions of folks, including campers who arrive to begin adventures and life-long friendships at Camp Sabra on the Lake of the Ozarks. A group of 16 campers returned to Lambert Friday to fly back to Texas after spending two weeks away from home. We found them huddled together on the floor in Terminal 2 with backpacks and belongings, no doubt reliving many fun memories. They experienced the joys of overnight camping on the lake: waterskiing, kayaking, waterslides, sailing and swimming. When not in the water, they tackled a zipline, team sports, arts & crafts and all sorts of other camp activities. Some counselors accompanied the campers not only to the airport, but on their flights home to reunite with their parents.
New plantings bask in the sun as they await mulch outside of the entrance to Terminal 2.
It seems everywhere you look at Lambert, a project is underway to beautify the property and improve the customer experience. Lambert International Boulevard is really greening-up, as major landscaping renovations are currently underway. The weather turned out just perfect for the new plantings, with a healthy dose of sunshine early in the week, followed by consecutive cool, rainy days. To prepare for the new foliage, crews spent the previous week removing dated and overgrown shrubbery. Hundreds of new bushes and trees are scheduled to be planted in the next several weeks. Noticeable improvements can be seen all along Lambert International Blvd., which connects Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
Members of The St. Louis Children’s Choirs perform on the lower-level stage in Terminal 1.
On Monday, The St. Louis Children’s Choirs were departing for their European Tour, and graciously gave a brief performance of the pieces they will be singing overseas. They gathered an audience of several dozen people including parents, Airport employees, and intrigued travelers. Their melodious voices carried throughout both levels of the Terminal, drawing some onlookers from above through the atrium, which is where this photo was captured. An exciting start to both their adventure, and our work week! The St. Louis Children's Choirs currently have a window display in the T1 baggage claim, where travelers and visitors can learn more about the Choirs and their mission.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport gains a new, non-stop destination this month as Air Choice One launches service to McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport (MKL) in Jackson, Tenn. on June 28, 2015. Air Choice One is celebrating with introductory fares as low as $35 through September 20, 2015.
Air Choice One CEO, Shane Storz said, “We are grateful to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Jackson and look forward to bringing them to St. Louis and back, aboard our Cessna fleet.”
Passengers can book now at www.airchoiceone.com or call (866) I-FLY-VIP (866-435-9847). Reservations can also be made through major online travel sites.
Everyone is in place and waiting to hear the director call “Action” as filming begins at Terminal 2 for "The Layover."
What fun we had Thursday hosting the major motion picture shoot for “The Layover.” Production filmed both inside and outside of Terminal 2 during the day, then moved to the C Concourse that evening totaling an 18 hour shoot. The film stars Kate Upton and Alexandra Daddario, and is directed by William H. Macy. They, along with 50 crew members and 120 extras, were on-site throughout the shoot. The majority of the crew used to film these scenes were from local production companies. The extras were sourced locally as well. The story revolves around the friendship of two travelers, and St. Louis is central to the plot.
Travelers walk on the new tile in Terminal 2 as signage marks areas undergoing improvements.
You could call it “spring cleaning” as Lambert undergoes reviving the look and feel of Terminal 2. Frequent travelers will notice the biggest change being the flooring overhaul in the concourse corridor, with the blue carpeting being upgraded to glossy white tiles. Another dramatic improvement can be found with a colorful renovation of all the restrooms. Also, the familiar gray-colored wayfinding signs will soon be a striking Lambert blue. Lambert International Blvd. outside of Terminal 2 will be getting some beautifying as well. Even more exciting changes are on their way later this year, as the T2 baggage claim will be home to a dramatic, custom art installation, and the Terminal will get the addition of Vino Volo wine garden.
Terminal 1 bustling with holiday weekend travelers.
It’s officially the start of summer! This week our terminals were full of travelers headed to visit family and friends, or to just get away, for Memorial Day Weekend fun. AAA is expecting 2.6 million holiday flyers this weekend, and Lambert is gearing up with three new non-stop destinations coming soon: Orange County, CA and Austin, TX with Southwest Airlines, and Jackson, TN with Air Choice One. We’ve also expanded our parking to meet demand at Terminal 2, with last week’s opening of Super Park Lot E.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.